In the last months we've seen the exposure of sexual abuse pour forth like biblical floodwaters day after day.

The need for that very controversial, yet exciting little statue "Fearless Girl" is now so absolutely vital, so absolutely relevant.

I mean, who knew; just a year ago March 8, when she made her appearance on Wall Street, her message would ring far and wide at the need to empower women at a very early age. It's so needed!

Even "Fearless Girl" had a #METOO moment. In broad daylight, in front of an adoring crowd of families with children, a white male, mid 20's, smartly dressed in business attire (sans a topcoat) and neatly groomed, stunned the crowd emulating a sexual act on "Fearless Girl" while his bros cheered him on. See?

This bad, gross behavior proves a point; obviously this young man has no regard for anything female. I wonder what his mother has to say? He will be judged by that one act the rest of his life. He made the choice and the consequence is his to endure.

The women, young and old, coming forth with their stories are so brave. Lord only knows the backlash some will face. Seems they'll be victims, again. So sad. It makes me understand why so many will stay in the shadows with their pain, while their perpetrators commit crimes with impunity against the vulnerable ... in broad daylight. Again, so sad.

Gladly, from experience, I can say, there are more decent men out there then the dirt-bags we've heard of. Bravo gentlemen!

There had been talk of moving "Fearless Girl" because some felt she didn't belong there. What? I don't think so!

This is the perfect moment, the perfect role model ''Fearless Girl" to instill in youngsters, i.e.: females, to stand up to adversity. She is in no way a threat to anyone. It's her steely resolve that's her message. And in the words of the late, great Tom Petty, her message is. "I won't back down."

"Fearless Girl" stays. "Got it?"

Carol Mickie Santos

New Bedford